Phoenix Suns Offseason Recap

The Phoenix Suns start their season on Wednesday, October 28.  There have been some exciting changes in Phoenix that should get any Suns fan pumped.

Tyson Chandler

The acquisition of center, Tyson Chandler is by far my favorite move that the Suns made during the offseason.  Last season Chandler played with the Mavericks and he averaged 10.3 points per game and 11.5 rebounds per game.  Any team would be happy to acquire a 7’1″ center who averages a double-double.  Chandler also plays strong defense.  He will fill a gap that Phoenix desperately needed help with.

Chandler is 33 years old, which would leave one questioning his durability.  I look at this age as a positive.  He’s been in the league for 14 years and will have a lot to teach younger players like Alex Len.  Chandler is also great at running the pick and roll.  This is very advantageous for the backcourt.  Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight will be able to run the pick and roll much more successfully this season.

LaMarcus Aldridge

I don’t like to dwell in the past or on negative events.  I’ll keep this short and sweet.  Aldridge thought about signing in Phoenix, but ultimately didn’t decide to.  He instead signed with another western conference team.  I’ll leave it at that.

Morris Controversy

In an effort to make space for signing Aldridge, the Suns traded Marcus Morris to the Detroit Pistons.  This left twin brother, Markeef Morris, very unhappy.  Back in September, Morris tweeted that he would not like to remain in Phoenix.

Well, despite this, Markeef Morris remains in Phoenix and he had a strong preseason, which was highlighted by an 18 point outing against the Mavericks in the final preseason game of this year.  Northeast Valley News recently came out with an article where they quoted Morris saying, “I want to be here,” Morris said. “I don’t really want to talk about what happened this summer, I just really want to look forward to this up and coming season. I’m glad to be back with my teammates, and glad to be back with the team.”

Having a happy Markeef Morris is good, but he has some work to do in order to reshape his image in Phoenix.

NBA Draft

With the 13th overall pick, the Suns drafted shooting guard, Devin Booker from Kentucky.  This was a steal.  He was the SEC sixth man of the year last season.  During his single season at Kentucky, Booker averaged 10.0 points per game on 47% shooting.  He’s known for his three point shooting skills.  Booker is still very young and raw, but he should progress well with the Suns.

With their second round pick, the Suns drafted Andrew Harrison, but traded him to Memphis for 6’10” forward Jon Leuer.  Leuer played well during the preseason and had this monster slam over Demarcus Cousins.  I’m looking forward to seeing more of this from Leuer.

It’s been an eventful offseason for the Suns.  I’m sure looking forward to the regular season getting started.

The Suns play the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday, October 28 at home.  Tipoff will be at 7:00 pm local time.

Mitch Krmpotich

Gonzaga University class of 2016. I'm a longtime college basketball writer and a big NBA fan. I'm also a die hard Broncos, Avalanche, Zags, and Suns fan.

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